Osprey James Hook To Retire From Rugby

The Wales international is to hang up his boots at the end of the season.

Ospreys fly-half James Hook has announced he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.

The former Wales international won 81 caps for his country becoming their fourth highest points scorer of all time.

Hook says he wants to spend more time with his family and is also looking at becoming a children's author when he hangs up his boots later this year.  

Talking about his rugby journey via the Ospreys website Hook said: 

"I've had lots of highlights throughout my career. Both internationally with Wales, winning Grand Slam titles and Six Nations Championships, and going on the British and Irish Lions tour.

"Then signing my first professional contract was a big moment for me. Growing up I always aspired to be a professional rugby player. You never think it'll actually happen so when it did it really was amazing." 

Hook signed his first professional rugby contract in 2005, 

"There's a couple of standout games for me. Playing against Australia in 2006, I came off the bench after an injury to Stephen Jones after 20 minutes.

"Then there's playing against England in the Six Nations the following year in the last game of the tournament, we avoided the wooden spoon and I won man of the match.

"The following year against England where we won the Grand Slam and beat them for the first time in twenty years in Twickenham. I don't know why, but I just love playing against England. Every time I did it always seemed to go well for me." 



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